I am haunted by Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire,” a radical revision of the Un’taneh Tokef prayer we sing during the High Holidays. Who will we lose? Cohen’s lyrics ask:
And who by fire, who by water?
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time?
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial?
Who in your merry, merry month of May?
Who by very slow decay?
And who, who shall I say is calling?
We live, now, in the midst of fear, and loss. But when I look ahead, the month of May brings me hope for recovery and renewal.
“Renewal.” Looking at something old in “novel” ways. So do we see... Read More